prosper thomson: the teflon man
thedude47 reckons the tools found in SM’s suitcase satisfactorily indicate that their owner played a practical part in a professional car stealing organisation, and in that capacity he came into contact with both Prosper Thomson and Jessica Harkness.
This contact may have been made in Melbourne in 1948, when Jessica was living with her family after leaving Sydney. Prosper and his wife Queenie lived in a nearby suburb.
They may have met at the Sandringham Hotel.
Prosper Thomson was discharged from the army as medically unfit and his police record is no worse than half the blokes I drink with at the Ballina Hotel, but not as bad as some of the villains who live in the Byron Bay hills.
The dude thinks the investigation into SM’s death was deliberately (?) sidetracked when the police decided the phone number they found written in pencil on the back of the Rubaiyat referred solely to Jessica, the phone subscriber, despite it being a number Prosper used frequently in his classified advertisements.
We can only ponder what Prosper Thomson’s reaction might have been if he had been the one shown the bust.
‘Erroll,’ said DS Leane when they were settled in his office, ‘interview both the woman and her boyfriend, this Thomson character, we know him. Find out where they were on the 30th of November then bring them in to view the bust.
Show it to them one at a time, see who flinches.
…… That doesn’t sound too hard, does it?’
‘No, Boss, on the way.’
Prosper Thomson was never interviewed.
‘Erroll,’ said Detective Brown when they were settled in his office, ‘interview the Moseley Street woman. Bring her in to view the bust.
See if she flinches.’
‘What about Thomson, the bloke she’s living with?’
‘What about him?’